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Information technology career path | Sri Lanka

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Information technology career path in Sri Lanka

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Information technology career path | Sri Lanka

  1. 1. Information Technology Building Your Career Path Saptha Wanniarachchi MBCS,MCSE,MCITP,MCSA
  2. 2. Everything You Want to Know • Who works in the field of Information Technology? • What kind of Education does one need to work in the field of Information Technology? • Getting a job in the field of Information Technology • What is the Future of Information Technology?
  3. 3. Information Technology Nature of the Work In the modern workplace, it is imperative that Information Technology (IT) works both effectively and reliably. Computer and information systems managers play a vital role in the implementation and administration of technology within their organizations. They plan, coordinate, and direct research on the computer-related activities of firms. In consultation with other managers, they help determine the goals of an organization and then implement technology to meet those goals. They oversee all technical aspect of an organization, such as software development, network security, and Internet operations.
  4. 4. The Modern Information Technology Department In order to perform the complex functions required of information technology departments today, the modern information technology department would use computers, servers, database management systems, and cryptography. The department would be made up of several System Administrators, Database Administrators and at least one Information Technology Manager. The group usually reports to the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
  5. 5. Who works in the field of Information Technology? Hardware • Desktop personal computers • Internet hardware • Laptops • Mainframes • Networking • Personal digital assistants • Storage hardware • Security hardware • Server hardware • Telecommunications • Workstations Software • Audio and video: • Databases • Graphics • Middleware • Operating systems • Remote access • Security software • Server software • Spreadsheets • Websites • Word Processing • Workflow Programming Languages • C++ • Fortran • HTML • Java • Perl • PHP • Ruby on Rails • SQL • Visual Basic • XML
  6. 6. Best Paying Positions
  7. 7. Where to ?
  8. 8. What kind of Education does one need to work in the field of Information Technology? • Education and training. A bachelor's degree in a computer- related field usually is required for management positions, although employers often prefer a graduate degree, especially an MBA with technology as a core component. Common majors for undergraduate degrees are computer science, information science, or management information systems (MIS).
  9. 9. What kind of Education does one need to work in the field of Information Technology? • Certification and other qualifications. Computer and information systems managers need a broad range of skills. Employers look for individuals who can demonstrate an understanding of the specific software or technology used on the job. Generally, this knowledge is gained through years of experience working with that particular product. Another way to demonstrate this trait is with professional certification
  10. 10. What kind of Education does one need to work in the field of Information Technology? • Advancement. Computer and information systems managers may advance to progressively higher leadership positions in an information technology department. A project manager, for instance, might be promoted to the chief technology officer position and then to chief information officer. On occasion, some may become managers in non-technical areas such as marketing, human resources, or sales because in high technology firms an understanding of technical issues is helpful in those areas.
  11. 11. IT Degree
  12. 12. Microsoft
  13. 13. Cisco
  14. 14. Beware of training and certification myths
  15. 15. Your Career Path • To work in the IT field, individuals must have a combination of formal education and experience.
  16. 16. What Google & FB is looking for ?
  17. 17. Skills
  18. 18. Getting a job in the field of Information Technology • IT jobs are very specialized and require a combination of education and experience.
  19. 19. Experience ?????? • But How Can I Get Experience Without a Job?
  20. 20. A List of IT Job • Analyst: Analysts assess the performance of technology and diagnose technical problems as they arise. These jobs can also involve financial analysis of a company's technology purchasing. • Architect: This individual draws up plans for technology systems and implementations, including software, hardware and websites. • (CIO) Chief Information Officer: Akin to being chief executive officer of IT, the CIO oversees all the other types of personnel listed in this article and plans a company's entire technology budget. • Consultant: Professionals with "consultant" in their job titles tend to have a free agent status, meaning they work for multiple clients and are their own bosses. Some consultants are contractors who receive hourly compensation without benefits or tenure while others work on a retainer basis.. • Designer: This role can involve planning new technology, enhancing application usability, designing websites, or other duties depending on the company's organizational hierarchy. • Developer: Sometimes the term "developer" is interchangeable with "programmer," referring to people who create new software, or customize applications to fit a company's needs. • Engineer: Typically engineers develop anew or upgrade existing software, hardware, networking, or Internet applications.
  21. 21. A List of IT Job • Administrator: Like the word implies, administrators install, maintain and repair a type of technology within a company. Most prevalent are network administrators and database administrators. • Manager: Like the title suggests, managers oversee other technology employees and encourage them to meet standards of excellence. IT managers often have the authority to buy technology and plan budgets. • Programmer: This typically entails coding new software or web-based applications, but there are also programmers who work at machine level to build hardware. • Statistician: Measuring the performance of a company's technology is a job for a statistician, who may work with analysts to apply these numbers. • Support: Also referred to as help-desk staff, these employees respond to queries from their coworkers in non-technology departments and get these colleagues' software, hardware and other technology to run smoothly. • Technician: This label is sometimes interchangeable with "administrator" or "support," depending on the particular employer. Usually, technicians install, maintain and repair computer hardware or other types of technology equipment.
  22. 22. Job Description of a Computer Technician • Computer Repair - Virtually every job description of a computer technician involves performing computer repair services. •Software Installation - Many computer repair technicians spend time installing and troubleshooting software applications for coworkers and clients. •Provide Technical Support - Computer technicians are often responsible for providing telephone, e-mail, and live chat technical support for software and hardware users. •Computer Networking - Computer technician job responsibilities often include setting up and administering computer networks. •End User Training - Computer technicians often provide computer training to coworkers, teaching them how to use software • Maintain Electronic Equipment - In addition to maintaining computer equipment, information technology professionals are often responsible for maintaining company cell phones, blackberries, personal digital assistants, and more.
  23. 23. What is the Future of Information Technology? The IT field is evolving and developing every day. New technologies in computers and mobile devices are shaping the way the world communicates with one another, gets work done, and spends free time. There is a growing need for individuals with a love of the field, a curiosity for the future, and a desire to be a force in it. Jobs in the field are on the rise, and employers are on the lookout for fresh talent; those who want to play a part in IT's future have no limits on their potential or on the potential of their specific field.
  24. 24. What is the Future of Information Technology?
  25. 25. End • Be specific about what value you will provide. • Be specific about what value you will receive. • Be specific about time frame. • Stay Awake , Stay Updated
  26. 26. Good Luck ! Saptha@gmail.com www.saptha.com twitter.com @saptha Linkedin.com/in/Saptha